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Institute of Systems Neuroscience

Institute of Systems Neuroscience

 

Brief Introduction

 
Established in 2008 as the first Systems Neuroscience Institute in Taiwan, the institute emphasizes studies of the neural circuit functions in awake and behaving intact organisms. Systems neuroscience bridges Molecular Neuroscience with Cognitive Neuroscience in understanding how brain circuits analyze sensory inputs, form perceptions of the external worlds, make decisions, consolidate memories and execute movements. 
 

Special Features of the Institute

 
The institute integrates science and engineering to study how genes and circuits control behaviors through following research directions: (1) to develop new photonic, electrical, engineering, genetics and computation tools for brain research; (2) to investigate information processing and flow directions in the brain circuits; (3) to reverse engineering the brain; (4) to build brain-machine interface; (5) to study molecular computation for learning and memory; and (6) to understand normal development of circuit connections and cure brain degenerative diseases.
 

Faculty and Staff

 

CHANG, Hui-yun Associate Professor (Ph.D., Department of Biological Sciences, Purdue University, 2001;Animal behaviors、Neuron circuits、Neurodegeneration )
CHANG, Yen-chung Professor (Ph.D., Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Iowa State University, USA, 1984;Neuroscience、Subcellular proteomics、Bioelectronics)
CHIAO, Chuan-chin Director, Professor (Ph.D., Visual Neuroscience, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Maryland, 2000;Retinal Neurobiology、Visual Neuroethology、Visual Ecology、Neural Regeneration、Retinal Prosthesis)
LO, Chung-chuan Associate Professor (Ph.D., Boston University, 2004;Computational neuroscience、neuro-informatics、cognitive neuroscience)

 

Curriculum

 

Colloquium (Graduate, 1 credit hours, every semester)
Seminar (Graduate, 1 credit hours, every semester)
Advanced Cell Biology(Graduate, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Bioinformatics and Structural Biology:
Computational Biology (Graduate, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Biotechnology:
Aging and Stress Studies in Drosophila Melanogaster(Graduate, 2 credit hours, once a year)
Modeling Human Diseases in Drosophila(Graduate, 2 credit hours, once a year)
Mouse Models in Biomedical Research(Graduate, 2 credit hours, once a year)
Translational Cancer Research(Graduate, 2 credit hours, once a year)
Special Topics in Transcription Factor Forkhead Box(Fox) Proteins I(Graduate, 2 credit hours, once a year)
Introduction to Drug & Medical Device Regulation(Graduate, 2 credit hours, once a year)
Special Topics on ER homeostasis Regulation(Graduate, 2 credit hours, once a year)
Special Topics in Model Organism Biotechnology(Graduate, 2 credit hours, once a year)
Vaccine Engineering(Graduate, 2 credit hours, once a year)
Special Topics in Growth Factor Signaling: Its Application in Cancer Therapy(Graduate, 2 credit hours, once a year)
Molecular and Cellular Biology:
Special topics on Molecular Motors and Axonal Transport(Graduate, 2 credit hours, once a year)
Special Topics on Molecular Motors and Axonal Transport II(Graduate, 2 credit hours, once a year)
Special Topics on cell cycle checkpoint signaling(Graduate, 2 credit hours, once a year)
Tumor Biology I(Graduate, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Tumor Biology Ⅱ(Graduate, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Special topics on Mitosis(Graduate, 2 credit hours, once a year)
Systems Neuroscience:
Neurotransmitters and Physiology of Behaviors II(Graduate, 2 credit hours, once a year)
Neurotransmission and Psychoanalysis(Graduate,2 credit hours, once a year)
 

Graduate Requirements

 

For Master degree students, 24 credit hours(at least 18 credits taken from the College of Life Science) and a thesis
Course requirements:
-Seminar (Two semesters)
-Colloquium (Four semesters)
-Thesis course (At least two semesters. It is compulsory to continue to take this course if the student extends the dateline for his/her graduation.)
 

Financial Aids

 

For school scholarship information, please kindly link to http://oga.nthu.edu.tw/cont.php?id=93&m=m26&mm=mm41&tc=5&lang=en
College scholarship information :
  1. President Scholarship of College of Life Science, NTHU
  2. College of Life Sciences Reward of Outstanding Neurosciences Thesis
  3. Shen's Culture & Education Foundation
  4. The Selection Approach of "Dr. Hong, Ph.D. Memorial Scholarship and Thesis Award"  
 

Contact Information

 
For information specifically related to the Institute of Systems Neuroscience, please contact the
Director : Chuan-Chin Chiao, Email address : ccchiao@life.nthu.edu.tw
Secretary : Ya-Wen Hung, Email address : sn@life.nthu.edu.tw
 
For further information on the Institute, you can also link to http://sn.life.nthu.edu.tw/main.php?lang=en
 
 

 

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